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Pruning Grape Vines… and Leaking Cuts

April 15, 2014 – 6:30 am

Timing is essential when pruning grape vines. Get it wrong, and “bleeding” will occur. (As I found out the hard way.)

How To Plant Peas

March 28, 2014 – 7:54 am
baby peas

We love picking fresh peas and eating them right off the vine. Here’s how easy it is to plant your own peas…

Cat Proofing The Garden

March 23, 2014 – 8:05 am
cat proofing garden

Cats can be a real pain in the garden. Here’s what I do to keep them from digging up my freshly planted beds.

Fruit Tree Diseases. Black Rot and Frogeye Leafspot.

March 14, 2014 – 7:07 am
Diseased trunk

Last year I noticed signs that something was wrong with my fruit trees. I think I’ve diagnosed the problem, and am working on eradicating the disease. (Advice welcomed!!)

Starting Seeds With A Soil Blocker

March 5, 2014 – 10:04 am
starting seeds

I’m trying something new this year for starting my seeds: Soil Block Makers. Here are my thoughts on the product and my experience so far. (Hint: LOVE THEM!)

Starting Seeds for My Snow Covered Garden

February 14, 2014 – 8:20 am
broccoli seedlings sprouting 2-2014

Even though the ground is covered with a thick blanket of white snow, my Spring garden is busy growing indoors.

10+ Winter Chores To Do Before Your Spring Garden

January 23, 2014 – 11:02 am
10 Winter Chores To Do Before Your Spring Garden

Dying for Spring so you can get back in the garden? There’s a lot you can do right now to be getting prepared! Here are a few ideas to keep you busy until the cold months have passed.

Our First Radishes From The Garden

October 21, 2013 – 6:23 am

We never ever eat radishes, but I wanted to see how well they would grow in our garden. If they grew nicely, we’d learn to like them! Here’s what we’ve discovered…

It’s Muscadine Season!

October 9, 2013 – 8:55 pm

Three years after planting our grape vines, we’re enjoying the best harvest yet!

How To Plant A Fall Garden

October 3, 2013 – 9:09 pm
How To Plant A Fall Garden

Learn when to plant a fall garden, and which crops do best during the cooler months of the year.

What I’ve Learned About Growing Cowpeas

September 18, 2013 – 9:14 pm

If you’ve never tried growing cowpeas, I’d definitely recommend that you give it a try! Here’s how my first experience growing them went, what I learned along the way, and why I’ve grown to love them in the garden!

How To Prevent Raspberry Worms & The Spotted Wing Drosophila

September 11, 2013 – 8:02 pm
Spotted Wing Drosophila

Finding tiny worms in your freshly picked raspberries is a real bummer. If you’re having a problem with the larvae of fruit flies in your berries, you’re not alone. Here are a few recommended methods for preventing a recurring infestation next year.

Lessons Learned From Growing Peppers

September 5, 2013 – 9:53 am
Peppers In The Garden

This year I grew Cayenne, Albino Bullnose, Friariello Di Napoli, and California Wonder Bell Peppers. Here’s what I learned…

How To Tell When Figs Are Ripe

August 26, 2013 – 6:29 pm

The figs are coming into season here, and we’ve been gorging ourselves on all the fresh figs we can eat. Here are a few tips for knowing when to harvest figs, and what I plan on doing with mine!

How To Grow Mustard For Seed

August 16, 2013 – 8:01 pm
Mustard Seed Pods

I wanted to grow mustard so that I could harvest the seeds to make pickles and condiments with. Here’s what I did wrong, and what I learned I should have done instead!

What You Need To Know Before You Start Your First Vegetable Garden

August 12, 2013 – 8:00 pm
Mexican Been Beatle on my green beans

Starting your first garden from scratch can seem like a daunting task. There’s a lot to think about before you put that first plant in the ground. In this article I share everything I think you need to know to get off to the best start!